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  1. Teshuvah Study Sheet - Recon approach - Toba Spitzer

    A study sheet on the evolving concept of teshuvah over the ages. Rabbi Toba Spitzer notes that in preparing this sheet, she purposefully refrained (most of the time) from translating the word “teshuvah” because of the very different approaches of each text. After reading these, what is your definition?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/teshuvah-reconstructionist-perspective

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 2:24pm

  2. Vayigash Study Sheet

    A study sheet on Parashat Vayigash on the reconciliations/re-encounters between Joseph and his brothers, and between Joseph and Jacob.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/complexities-reconciliation-joseph-his-brothers

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 2:35pm

  3. Light of Chanukah text study

    Sources, ancient and modern, on the nature of the light of Hanukkah. Assembled by Rabbi Toba Spitzer.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/what-light-hanukkah

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 2:39pm

  4. Evolution of Hanukkah text study

    A text study on the evolution of Hanukkah. What is the miracle, and what is the light? 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/evolution-hanukkah

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 2:42pm

  5. Toldot text study on re-digging wells

    Rabbi Toba Spitzer assembles textual sources on the redigging of ancestral wells in Parashat Toldot. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/digging-parashat-toldot

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 2:44pm

  6. Maoz Tzur from original Recon siddur

    This revision of a familiar Hanukkah song was published in the 1945 Reconstructionist siddur. The original text was amended to address ethical concerns raised by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan - specifically, the first verse is changed so that instead of anticipating God “preparing the slaughter of the blaspheming foe,” we look forward to the end of slaughter and the stilling of the sound of battle. See attached for the Hebrew and (non-literal, but poetic) translation.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/revised-maoz-tzur-early-reconstructionist-siddur

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 2:54pm

  7. Teshuva Parables - Kafka and BeSHT

    This study sheet contains two parables of the King and the returning son by the Baal Shem Tov, as well one of Kafka's parables, “The Imperial Messenger,” which has some intriguing echoes of and stark contrasts with the first two stories.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/kings-messages-journeys-parables-teshuvah

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 3:06pm

  8. Teshuvah and Compassion study sheet

    This study sheet on teshuvah and compassion draws our attention to the interplay between our ability to forgive others, and God's ability to forgive us. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/teshuvah-and-compassion

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 3:15pm

  9. Making Pesakh Personal study sheet

    This study sheet provides a variety of sources on the spiritual practices surrounding Passover (Pesakh).

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/making-pesakh-personal

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 5:33pm

  10. Coveting text study

    Twice in the Torah (In Parashat Yitro and Parashat Va’etchanan), we are commanded not to “covet.” What does that mean? This study sheet explores sources on coveting to find out. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/what-coveting

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 5:39pm

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